1983 Winston 500
|Race 8 of 30 in the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
Layout of Talladega Superspeedway
|Date||May 1, 1983|
|Official name||Winston 500|
|Location||Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega, Alabama|
Permanent racing facility|
2.660 mi (4.280 km)
|Distance||188 laps, 500.1 mi (804.8 km)|
|Weather||Warm with temperatures approaching 84.9 °F (29.4 °C); wind speeds up to 11.8 miles per hour (19.0 km/h)|
|Average speed||153.936 miles per hour (247.736 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises|
|No. 43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises|
|Television in the United States|
Paul Page |
|Radio in the United States|
Barney Hall |
Eli Gold (1 & 2) |
Dave DeSpain (Backstretch)
Dave Sutherland (3 & 4)
Talladega Superspeedway, originally known as Alabama International Motor Superspeedway (AIMS), is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama. It is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base in the small city of Lincoln. The track is a Tri-oval and was constructed by International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France Family, in the 1960s. Talladega is most known for its steep banking and the unique location of the start/finish line - located just past the exit to pit road. The track currently hosts the NASCAR series such as the Monster Energy Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. Talladega Superspeedway is the longest NASCAR oval with a length of 2.66 miles (4.28 km), and the track at its peak had a seating capacity of 175,000 spectators.
|2||98||Joe Ruttman||Benfield Racing||Chevrolet|
|4||3||Ricky Rudd||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|5||75||Neil Bonnett||RahMoc Enterprises||Chevrolet|
|6||9||Bill Elliott||Melling Racing||Ford||200.318|
|7||44||Terry Labonte||Hagan Racing||Chevrolet|
|10||1||Lake Speed||Ellington Racing||Chevrolet||198.479|
|12||55||Benny Parsons||Johnny Hayes Racing||Buick||198.076|
|15||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Pontiac||197.488|
|18||7||Kyle Petty||Petty Enterprises||Pontiac|
|19||22||Bobby Allison||DiGard Motorsports||Buick|
|20||90||Dick Brooks||Donlavey Racing||Ford|
|21||33||Harry Gant||Mach 1 Racing||Buick||196.338|
|31||64||Tommy Gale||Langley Racing||Ford|
|32||71||Dave Marcis||Marcis Auto Racing||Chevrolet|
|36||77||Ken Ragan||Branch-Ragan Racing||Buick|
|39||99||Philip Duffie||Duffie Racing||Buick|
|40||67||Buddy Arrington||Arrington Racing||Chrysler|
|41||52||Jimmy Means||Means Racing||Buick|
|42||41||Ronnie Thomas||Thomas Racing||Pontiac|
Before the restrictor plates dramatically slowed down the cars, the restarts were considered to be fast and furious at what is now known as Talladega Superspeedway. There were 42 American-born drivers on the grid, representing manufacturers including Pontiac, Buick, Chevrolet, and Ford. Cale Yarborough qualified for the pole position with a speed of 202.650 miles per hour (326.134 km/h). Richard Petty defeated Benny Parsons by two car lengths after three hours and fourteen minutes to earn his 197th career win. Seven cautions for 42 laps were witnessed by 110,000 spectators in addition to 27 different lead changes. The average speed of the race was 153.936 miles per hour (247.736 km/h). There was a major incident involving Phil Parsons and ten other drivers. Two photographers managed to get Parsons out of the wreck before the vehicle exploded. The entire race purse was $361,820 ($910,171.33 when adjusted for inflation).
|1||15||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Pontiac||188||185|
|2||12||55||Benny Parsons||Johnny Hayes Racing||Buick||188||175|
|3||10||1||Lake Speed||Ellington Racing||Chevrolet||188||170|
|4||21||33||Harry Gant||Mach 1 Racing||Buick||188||165|
|5||6||9||Bill Elliott||Melling Racing||Ford||188||160|
|30||18||7||Kyle Petty||Petty Enterprises||Pontiac||71||73|
|39||26||10||Clark Dwyer||Hamby Motorsports||Chevrolet||30||46|
|40||33||4||Connie Saylor||Morgan-McClure Motorsports||Oldsmobile||22||43|
|41||22||17||Sterling Marlin (R)||Hamby Motorsports||Pontiac||20||40|
- Lead changes: 27 among different drivers
- Cautions/Laps: 7 for 43
- Red flags: 0
- Time of race: 3 hours, 14 minutes and 55 seconds
- Average speed: 153.936 miles per hour (247.736 km/h)
The television coverage of this race (on NBC) was more serious than today's broadcasts; telling people about the dangers of driving constantly at 185 miles per hour (298 km/h). Using the crude technology that was invested into driver safety back then, drivers had plenty of courage to complete the entire race. Only after Dale Earnhardt's death would NASCAR start to improve their safety standards; leading up to the introduction of the Car of Tomorrow.
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Paul Page
Color-commentator: Gary Gerould
Color-commentator: Johnny Rutherford
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Barney Hall
Announcer: Mike Joy
|Turns 1 & 2: Eli Gold
Backstretch: Dave DeSpain
Turns 3 & 4: Dave Sutherland
Standings after the race
- "1983 Winston 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- "1983 Winston 500". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "Track Facts". talladegasuperspeedway.com. Talladega Superspeedway. November 1, 2012. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
- "1983 Winston 500". Wheels of Speed. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "1983 Winston 500". How Stuff Works. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "1983 Winston 500". Front Stretch. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "1983 Winston 500". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
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